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A 2.8 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of south Vancouver Island Saturday night. (Natural Resources Canada)

Minor earthquake rattles south Vancouver Island

The 2.8 magnitude shaker was felt as far north as Crofton

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of south Vancouver Island Saturday night. (Natural Resources Canada)
Police seized a large quantity of drugs and cash during the Nov. 29 execution of a search warrant in Cowichan Bay. (Citizen file)

Drugs, cash, gun seized in Cowichan Bay bust

Two suspects arrested

Police seized a large quantity of drugs and cash during the Nov. 29 execution of a search warrant in Cowichan Bay. (Citizen file)
The ear of Gigi the cat is now marked with ‘666’. (Submitted)
The ear of Gigi the cat is now marked with ‘666’. (Submitted)
The shaved back of Gigi the cat, who is now recovering at home. (Submitted)

UPDATE: B.C. cat torture recorded on Snapchat, sent to owner

“I can’t stop shaking,” Haglund said. “Last night was so bad my teeth were clattering.”

The shaved back of Gigi the cat, who is now recovering at home. (Submitted)
The Cowichan River Bible Camp is located on Riverbottom Road near Duncan. (Google Maps)

Former camper claims sexual abuse at Cowichan River Bible Camp

Surrey pastor accused of sexual assault is former board member of Vancouver Island camp

The Cowichan River Bible Camp is located on Riverbottom Road near Duncan. (Google Maps)
Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice

Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice

Water is the only option for thirsty students during this trial run at an elementary school in Duncan’s Cowichan Valley.

Vancouver Island school says ‘no’ to pop and juice
People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks and other druits from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. The recall has since been expanded. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Recall of tainted pineapple products expanded in BC

The ongoing investigation into hepatitis A virus found in Western Family brand, or unbranded, products has been expanded.

People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks and other druits from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. The recall has since been expanded. (BC Centre for Disease Control)
People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Tainted pineapple prompts Hep A warning in Sidney, Duncan

Did you buy Western Family ready-to-eat pineapple cups?

People who have consumed certain packages of Western Family brand of ready-to-eat pineapple chunks from Save-On Food stores in Duncan and Sidney should get Hepatitis A immunizations as a precaution, says Island Health. (BC Centre for Disease Control)
Heatwave sparks surge in power usage

Heatwave sparks surge in power usage

BC Hydro says a new electricity consumption record was set on Monday.

Heatwave sparks surge in power usage
A one-in-a-million hummingbird is calling the Cowichan Valley home. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

A one-in-a-million piece of good news

Good news was in my own backyard

A one-in-a-million hummingbird is calling the Cowichan Valley home. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Backups on the Malahat have been horrendous with construction closing one northbound lane this summer. The province hopes reopening the lane will help with the flow of traffic over the long weekend. (Twitter: @kridan0103)

Both NB lanes on Malahat open this weekend to ease traffic headaches

A major music festival and the B.C. Day long weekend is expected to lead to even more traffic on the popular route.

Backups on the Malahat have been horrendous with construction closing one northbound lane this summer. The province hopes reopening the lane will help with the flow of traffic over the long weekend. (Twitter: @kridan0103)
The Coastal Fire Centre reported a small fire on Mount Brenton on Aug. 1 but it turned out to be just part of the haze blanketing Vancouver Island from the fires in the Interior. (Screenshot)

Haze sparks fears of Mount Brenton wildfire

It turned out to be a false alarm

The Coastal Fire Centre reported a small fire on Mount Brenton on Aug. 1 but it turned out to be just part of the haze blanketing Vancouver Island from the fires in the Interior. (Screenshot)
BC Hydro trucks wait to board a ferry at Duke Point on Sunday afternoon to help assist the wildfire situation in B.C.’s Interior. (BC Hydro photo)

Hydro crews pulled from Island to help with wildfires

About two dozen workers and 20 trucks are on their way to the BC Interior to help restore power.

BC Hydro trucks wait to board a ferry at Duke Point on Sunday afternoon to help assist the wildfire situation in B.C.’s Interior. (BC Hydro photo)
Susan Simmons prepares to hit the waters of Cowichan Lake in 2014. (Gazette file)

Victoria woman honoured as one of world’s best

Simmons named one of the World Open Water Swimming’s World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

Susan Simmons prepares to hit the waters of Cowichan Lake in 2014. (Gazette file)